How to Train Your Hamster to Be Tame
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What is the fastest way to tame a hamster?
Handling a small pet can be one of the joys of being around, but not all pets enjoy being handled right away, including some new hamsters. Some hamsters need to be tamed before they can be held safely.
Fortunately, there are some tried and true steps you can take to get your hamster in your hands in no time. There are some simple rules to follow to make sure your hamster is not stressed before starting the training process.
Let a new hamster adapt
When you bring a new hamster home, give it a week to adjust to its new home and surroundings before trying too hard to handle it. Make sure your hamster has a good-sized cage and the other necessities for stress-free housing.
Place your hamster's cage in a location where it will be close to people but will not be disturbed by excessive noise, other pets, and other distractions (especially during the day when hamsters sleep most of the time). Do not disturb or try to Handle your hamster during the day when it sleeps.
Prepare yourself and your hamster
Taming a hamster takes time and patience. Don't rush the steps. Take the time to get to know your hamster and respond to her cues. The key here is to gain your hamster's trust so that she learns that there is no reason to be afraid of you.
Notice when your hamster has become comfortable in its surroundings. Work on taming and handling it only after it has emerged from its nest on its own.
The signs of a relaxed hamster are that it is eating, drinking, and playing when you are present. Spend more time around your hamster's cage and talk quietly so that it gets used to your voice. If you don't know what to say, try reading a book out loud or singing softly.
Coax your hamster with treats
Offer your hamster some favorite treats from your hand. If you have a wire cage, start by offering treats through the bars of the cage. Otherwise, offer them right on the edge of the cage door.
Once your hamster is rushing to get the treats, try putting your hand inside the cage. Don't try to touch your hamster, let him come over to explore your hand.
Hold your hamster
Place the treat in your open hand inside the cage so your hamster has to remove the threat from your hand (and maybe put a leg or two in his hand to get the treat). Again, don't force this, but let your hamster get closer to you.
Next, try to put the treat in your hand so that your hamster has to climb over it to get it. Once your hamster is bravely doing this (and only then), try gently and slowly lifting him up.
The first few times your hamster will likely jump right out of your hand, but be gentle and persistent and eventually, your hamster will realize that your hands are safe.
The time between steps varies, especially depending on the age of the hamster and the personality of your hamster. Your hamster may be quick to accept being held or take treats from your hand right away, or it may take a month or more to be relaxed enough to do so.
Let your hamster move
The best way to lift a hamster is to place it in the palm of your hand with the other hand on its back. It is best to start lifting your hamster just above your lap or some other soft surface in case it falls or jump.
As your hamster becomes more comfortable, let him crawl from one of your hands to the other and over your arms. You can keep offering treats, although your hamster may not be as interested in treats when there are new things to see and explore.
Correction behavior and problems
There may be a time when you need to pick up a hamster that has not yet been tamed, such as to clean its cage. To do this, place a cup (or a cardboard tube with stuffed paper on one end to close it) on its side in front of the hamster and gently toss it into the cup (or tube).
Most hamsters will enter the cup directly through curiosity. Gloves or a thick towel can be used if you must pick up a biting hamster and if the cup method has not worked.
This can be very stressful and make your hamster even more resistant to handling, so if you do need to use this method, be very careful to be as gentle as possible.
If your hamster does bite you while you are handling it, know that you did not mean to hurt it. The hamster just felt threatened.
Try not to overreact by yelling or jerking the hamster. If you do, it will scare you. Instead, calmly place him in his cage and wash the bite with soap and water.
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